Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches appeared
sound after a preliminary examination Monday, but trainer Todd
Pletcher said a "complete physical" is needed to determine
whether the filly will run next month in the Alabama Stakes at
A day after being pulled up at the start of a scheduled
five-furlong workout, Rags to Riches was examined by Dr. Steve
Allday at Belmont Park. Pletcher reported that the filly seemed to
be "in good condition.
Rags to Riches will be sent to the University of Pennsylvania's
New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., for further tests.
"Although everything seems to be fine, in order to be thorough
she will have a complete physical done," Pletcher said in a
statement. "Though her race plans will be made after the exam, she
remains under consideration for the Alabama."
The first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont, Rags to Riches
missed her second workout in two weeks when exercise rider Lauren
Robson felt something wasn't right and pulled up the filly.
"We're not sure if she stepped on something or she stumbled but
she seemed fine afterwards," Pletcher said.
Rags to Riches spiked a fever two weekends ago, missed a workout
and did not run as scheduled in the Coaching Club American Oaks,
won Saturday by stablemate Octave.
The daughter of A.P. Indy became the darling of the racing world
when she defeated the boys in the Belmont, holding off Preakness
winner Curlin by a head in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
The filly is 5-for-5 this year, including victories in the
Kentucky Oaks and the Santa Anita Oaks.
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